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Famine scene scripting

Famine is an increasing problem for many parts of South Africa. More than half a million people suffer from malnutrition in South Africa. At least 700 children under 5 die each day from malnutrition. By next year, aproximately 900,000 children could die from famine. UNICEF’s immediate goal is to treat more than 150,000 severely malnourished children under five. It’s not just a famine from food though… What happens when you lose faith? Lose touch with society? If we feel like there isn’t any point for us. We feel like if we just leave, no one will remember who we were, or why we were here. What even is our purpose on this earth. Why are we here?

Whilst saying this speech, Maddy, Rebecca and Jonika starts to walk around looking confused and lost, gradually building to a climax, when they all start running franticly around me.

If we just stop everything.

On “stop”, everyone freezes around me, staring into space.

So we can sit back and watch our lives pass by us. Will anyone ever stop to remember.

 It’s up to us to change this growing disaster, not the rest of the world. Don’t let famine take control. 

– Bridget

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Religious protests script

This isn’t our fault! God created it and all. God created earth, sky, night and day. He created man and woman so how come climate change is our fault! If there was a God up there, he would just come down and fix it. This is God’s way and this is God’s will! This is God’s plan! Don’t interrupt God’s plan!!! STOP CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION!!!

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Scene idea

Ok, so this is from what Maddy, Rebecca and myself talked about on Saturday afternoon. This is a list of useless man made things or things people take for granted:

  • Phones
    • How often do we get a new phone now?
  • Deforestation
    • Why do we need to destroy our environment to make room for a car park, a shopping centre, land to build houses?
  • Food
    • We have access to healthy food, but why do people choose McDonalds over a piece of fruit?  Yes I know McDonalds tastes great, but it’s like saying “Would you rather yum or cardiovascular disease?”
  • Health
    • We have access to hospitals and doctors, but why do we still refuse to see a doctor when we’re sick. It’s cool to be all tough and strong guys, but it’s like saying “Would you rather be living or on your death bed, because I forgot to see a doctor the other day?”
  • Plastic bags
    • Why do we have plastic bags in the ocean?
  • Rubbish
    • Why is half of our rubbish dumped in the ocean, killing lots of harmless animals?
  • Catalogues
    • Why do we have so many of them, even though half the time they’re thrown away?
  • Animal testing
    • Why do we test harmful products (e.g. cosmetics) on animals?
  • Vaccinations
    • Why do we offer vaccinations and mothers find it more harmful on their child, when it could prevent them from a life threatening illness?
  • Alcohol
    • Yes alcohol can be fun, but why do bars still continue to sell it to intoxicated people?
  • Cigarettes
    • Why do we still buy cigarettes when we know how harmful they are to our body?

Bridget 

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How times have changed

 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1920’s, 30’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright collared lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a Ute on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.  
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Red Rooster.  
 Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death! 
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.  
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy fruit tingles and some crackers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and cubby houses and played in creek beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no videogames at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, nosurround sound,no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.  
Only girls had pierced ears! 
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.  
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter time…….no really! 
We were given BB guns and sling shots for our 10th birthdays,
We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga in 1956.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!  
Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.They actually sided with the law! 
Our parents got married before they had children and didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like “Kiora” and “Blade” 
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! 

And YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

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Statistics on malnutrition in Republic of the Congo and South Sudan

  • At least 700 children under 5 die each day from malnutrition.
  • More than half a million people suffer from malnutrition in South Africa.
  • At least 896,600 children could die if malnutrition is not eradicated by 2015.
  • Currently, over 3.7 million people, including almost 740,000 children under five, in the country are at high risk of food insecurity. Many are already resorting to eating so-called “famine foods”, wild foods such as bulbs and grasses.
  • UNCEF’s immediate goal is to treat more than 150,000 severely malnourished children under five.

– Bridget